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OfficeTeam buys ZenOffice

UK market consolidation is in full swing as OfficeTeam is the latest to scoop up a fellow dealer.The reseller, which…

Event: City of Hope

Every year, the National Business Products Council hosts the annual City of Hope Tour and Hall of Fame Dinner. And…

How To… Create the missing link

LinkedIn, as we all know, is a social networking website for business professionals. But the opportunities that derive from a…

Banner acquires independent dealer

UK reseller Banner has made its latest acquisition as it expands beyond large contract customers.The company – which is part of…

Big Interview Xtra: Steve Haworth, EVO Group of Companies

OPI: You mentioned M&A, specifically M&A that matches and accelerates your strategy. Can you give an example?SH: Sure. If you…

Big Interview: EVO on course for exciting future

It’s been a while since OPI had a Big Interviewee from what is now known as the EVO Group of…

The Supply Room expands jan/san reach with merger

US dealer The Supply Room has acquired fellow Virginia-based independent reseller Lawrence Environmental Group.The Supply Room bought out the firm…

EVO reports FY16 turnaround

EVO Business Supplies revealed the true extent of its turnaround last year in recently released financial statements.For the twelve months…

Event: EPIC and ISSA/INTERCLEAN preview

EPIC previewNow in its fifth incarnation, EPIC – the groundbreaking convention collaboration between US dealer groups Independent Stationers (IS) and…

Spotlight: Dealing with technology

Dealer: ACS (UK) / technology providers: Evolution Software, ECiSince its creation in 2008, UK-based business supplies dealer ACS has continually…

Category Update: Seeing is believing

It’s been another excellent year for the visual communications (viscom) category. Some of the sector’s largest players are sounding particularly…

Analysis: New phase for Staples 20/20 plan

Staples is ramping up investments in its ‘Pro’ product categories as it kicks off Phase Two of its 20/20 strategic…

Acquisitions help Exertis sales rebound

European technology distributor DCC Technology – which operates as Exertis – recovered from a poor FY2015/16 after acquisitions drove UK…

Category Update: Under a broad umbrella

The facilities supplies (FS) sector is still seen very much as a key growth area for resellers in the business…

Staples to focus on North America after ANZ sale

Staples has finalised a deal with global private equity firm Platinum Equity for the sale of its Australia and New…

Analysis: UK wholesalers getting back on track

There have been encouraging developments recently at the UK’s two leading business supplies wholesalers Spicers and VOW.That might not seem…

Analysis: Staples leaving Europe at all costs

Staples is taking a big hit – both in terms of cash and non-cash charges – to offload its European…

Costin to leave EVO

EVO’s Richard Costin, the group’s Managing Director for its VOW Retail and Banner businesses, has announced he will leave the…

Special Feature: Top 100

It’s that time of the year again when we publish our latest OPI Top 100 list of the leading influencers from…

Banner wins big IT consumables contract

UK reseller Banner is a major player in the public sector, but probably not known for winning too many large…

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GSA to overhaul federal acquisition schedules

The US General Services Administration (GSA) has this week announced a major restructuring of its Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) that…